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Champaign IL, United States (1987 – present)

Poster Children are an band from Champaign, Illinois. They were founded in 1987 and have issued eight studio albums. Known for their strong DIY ethic, the band members continue to drive their own tour bus, create their own artwork and T-shirt designs, and operate their own record label. Poster Children were also pioneers in several forms of electronic technology relating to performance art, including enhanced CDs, webcasts, and blogs.

Poster Children have also released electronic music albums under the name Salaryman.

Rick Valentin and Rose Marshack met in the mid-eighties at the University of Illinois, forming several start-up bands despite Marshack’s lack of experience. In 1987 the two met Shannon Drew and the Poster Children were born. They began selling their demo tape on cassette and playing clubs all over the Midwest. The following year, the band recorded 15 songs that would end up on Flower Plower at the Chicago Recording Company. In 1989, the band met with recording engineer Steve Albini to record five more songs. A vinyl version of Flower Plower was released that year on the Limited Potential label. It was also at this time that Poster Children picked up a second guitarist in to complete the four-piece configuration that they are today.

A major label record deal was inked with Warner Bros. Records subsidiary Reprise Records. (Over the next few albums, Poster Children would be shuffled from imprint to imprint within the Warner organization.) Tracks for Daisychain Reaction were recorded by Steve Albini at the Chicago Recording Company in 1990, but due to financial difficulties at the label, was not released until the following year.


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  • mrmocha

    Hey Look! Ricks other other band.

    21 Jan 2014 Reply
  • midwestfaggot

    how can i resist?

    10 Nov 2013 Reply
  • jwithington

    Rhinowing: I agree!

    4 Sep 2012 Reply
  • nivekevil

    Also, as noted below, the most genuine, amazing individuals ever. Their music and ethics fundamentally changed my world and got me out of a shithole town with minimum damage. Thanks Pkids!

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • nivekevil

    Best live band of their era. Unreal stage presence regardless of audience size. Will love forever.

    28 Mar 2012 Reply
  • GinoVerna

    8925 listeners, crime of the century

    31 Aug 2011 Reply
  • rhinowing

    he's my star is one of the best songs ever written

    2 May 2011 Reply
  • mrmocha

    Listening to Poster Children in context against todays top loaded albums, RTFM destroys... "Happens Everyday" is one of the best closers ever... I miss them.

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
  • justinlcox

    This has to be one of my favorite bands of all time (period)

    23 Apr 2010 Reply
  • neutron-x

    Make sure to check out Rick from the Pkids excellent track Forget the Naughts on the Karl Rove: Courage and Consequence compilation, a culture jam/LP against Karl Rove and his memoir. More info at Karl and FREE downloads available here or Karl You can also buy the lp!

    24 Feb 2010 Reply
  • SexViking

    Most underrated band ever.

    27 Nov 2009 Reply
  • mightykendar

    I first got into Poster Children in the mid-1990s and I still love them today -- I don't understand why they aren't more well-known. Outstanding band, painfully underappreciated.

    10 Oct 2009 Reply
  • dorianmichael

    The Poster Children are the Illinois bridge that spans the distance and splits the difference between Cheap Trick and Hum.

    25 Jun 2009 Reply
  • taikahn

    One of the best. Incredible band really. Wheres a new record guys?

    18 Jun 2009 Reply
  • khambrel13

    this band is the shit and if you're too lame to notice, well too bad. if american bands could only represent as tight as this, then american music might mean something. fuck a modern emo band.........

    15 May 2009 Reply
  • icastico

    Way back in the early 90's my band Choke (on opened up for Poster Children at Beyond Ordinary in Albuquerque, NM. A really great band who puts on a great show...and some of the nicest people I've shared the stage with. In this case, of course, the stage was on top of the bar's bathrooms...dumbest set up ever.

    13 May 2009 Reply
  • MHotel

    friendliest band on the planet. the world needs more awesome human beings like Rose and Rick.

    21 Apr 2009 Reply
  • sabrage

    Damn, they're still together? I haven't heard these guys in forever.

    15 Mar 2009 Reply
  • khambrel13

    when i 1st saw "If You See Kay", i fell in love. they are underappreciated by the masses. i'm doing my damnest to change that......

    26 Feb 2009 Reply
  • pehrlabel

    i saw them at UCLA playing in the stage next to the cafeteria and arcade! they also had a strange video on MTV late at night. it took me many many listens to enjoy their album "flower plower" from 1990. i guess you could say it took 18 years to finally like it? but i like it!

    16 Oct 2008 Reply
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